Nufern: Awarded Military Contracts for 46 High-Power Fiber Laser Amplifiers
April 12, 2012
EAST GRANBY, CT – April 12, 2012- Nufern, a leading manufacturer of optical fibers,
optical fiber gyroscope coils, fiber lasers and amplifiers, has been awarded multiple contracts on
competitively-bid programs to build a total of 46 compact, >1 kW fiber amplifiers in support of multiple government laser efforts.
Nufern has been the leading supplier of high-performance kW-class fiber amplifiers since 2007, and has worked with the prime
contractors and government agencies on a variety of Research and Development programs.
These amplifiers, to be delivered later this year, will be used in the development and testing of coherent optical phased array
and spectrally combined array technologies that enable scalable laser weapons that are ten times lighter and more compact than
existing high-power chemical laser systems. These technologies represent a significant improvement in performance, and could perform
laser radar, target designation, tactical, and self-protection tasks.
“The award of these multi-million dollar contracts is a testament to the innovative abilities of our scientists, engineers,
technicians, and other support staff that was crucial from conceptualization to productization stages and everything in between”
says Scott Christensen, Director of Government, Military and Aerospace Sales. “The entire Nufern team is pleased to be able to
expand its fiber laser manufacturing operations here in East Granby to meet the volume demands of these critical programs.”
Coherently combinable single-mode fiber-based systems can provide overall laser efficiencies greater than 35 percent,
while maintaining near-diffraction-limited beam quality. To produce a weapons-grade system, however, their output power must be
increased without introducing additional optical phase noise and modal instability. It is envisioned that a coherent array of 10's
of subapertures, each driven with a multi-kW coherently combinable fiber laser amplifier, would enable ~100 kW class laser systems
for precision strikes against both ground and air targets. This technology will enable the practical use of high-power lasers on a
broad spectrum of military platforms without degradation of their original missions.
Nufern, based in East Granby, CT, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of fiber laser and amplifier modules and specialty optical fibers
serving industrial, military/aerospace, medical and telecom applications. Nufern is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., a U.S. company headquartered in Plymouth, MI and Hamburg, Germany.
Nufern is represent in Israel by New Technology SK (Newtech):
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